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Food Safety

OSDH recommends the following guidelines for refrigerated and frozen foods to citizens or food establishments which have been without power for more than four hours:

  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible.
  • Discard any potentially hazardous foods such as meats, eggs, dairy products and leftovers when the power has been off for more than four hours. When in doubt, throw it out.
  • Frozen foods in a freezer can normally be kept up to 48 hours without power. A frozen product that has thawed should not be refrozen—it should be used immediately or thrown away.
  • Throw away food that has come in contact with flood or storm water.
  • Throw away canned foods that are bulging, opened or damaged.
  • Food containers with screw-caps, snap-lids, crimped caps (soda pop bottles), twist caps, flip tops, snap-open, and home canned foods should be discarded if they have come into contact with water or soot because they cannot be disinfected.
  • Do not use contaminated water to wash dishes, brush your teeth, wash and prepare food, wash your hands, make ice, or make baby formula.
  • Breastfed infants should continue breastfeeding. For formula-fed infants, use ready-to-feed formula if possible. If using ready-to-feed formula is not possible, it is best to use bottled water to prepare powdered or concentrated formula. If bottled water is not available, use boiled water. Use treated water to prepare formula only if you do not have bottled or boiled water.
  • Clean feeding bottles and nipples with bottled, boiled, or treated water before each use.
  • Contact your doctor if you are concerned about medications having spoiled.

Woodward County Health Department

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In Woodward County, community roots run deep.  At the health department, the same principle applies.  We look forward to having the opportunity to treat our communities, neighbors, and friends.  

Whether it's immunizations for school or helping a family during a difficult time, let us meet your needs and provide those services.


Special Announcements
We do provide immunizations year round, avoid the back to school rush and get your child in early during the summer for necessary immunizations. Contact the health department for more information.

The Woodward County Health Department will be closed the following days in 2017: January 2 (New Year's Day); January 16 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day); February 20 (President's Day); May 29 (Memorial Day); July 4 (Independence Day); September 4 (Labor Day); November 10 (Veteran's Day); November 23-24 (Thanksgiving); and December 25-26 (Christmas). Thank you.

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